Are all Chinese people Satan worshipers?

I was looking for something on Alibaba recently and saw a post I thought was funny - a giant inflatable Santa, but they had misspelled it to "Satan." No big deal, but kind of funny. But I looked around some more, and there were several dozen different products making the same mistake. You'd think if they couldn't speak or spell in English, then they would've use a translator and been careful to copy the right letters. Or ...

War on Christmas: a blasphemous ugly sweater giveaway contest!

Christmas isn't a big deal here in Taiwan, so it's hard to get "in the season" or riled up by this "War on Christmas" controversy. But I want to celebrate the meaning of Christmas by giving away two things I really want, rather than buying them for myself. First up is this amazing Christmas "ugly-sweater" with Baphomet on it. Next is this snazzy hoodie (that's not even available outside of Taiwan but I'll ship it to you). ...

The Bible on Tattoos – Can Christians get tattoos?

Tens of Thousands, if not millions, of Christians have tattoos. Although Christians believe that the Bible is the word of God, many Christians feel that that Old Testament is largely irrelevant since the coming of Jesus Christ. Hence, they aren't too concerned about, for example, Leviticus 19:28: Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28 Is it about Tattoos? Almost definitely. But there are so, ...

Is Percy Jackson Christianizing Greek Mythology?

"You just gotta have faith," seems to be the motto of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013). It's repeated several times. Faith in what, we don't know - we're dealing with a pluralistic oligarchy of gods, only one of whom is Percy's father. Sure, Percy is the only son, the chosen one, the hero... Percy is the ONLY human son of all THREE of the main Gods (Poseidon, Zeus and Hades). Kind of like Jesus is the ...

What I hated about the Carrie movie (if Jesus were Christian, he would have killed himself.)

I love Julianne Moore and Chloë Grace Moretz, and I think they were perfect in the roles of Stephen King's "Carrie" and her crazy-religious-freak mother. But there was a lot about the 2013 movie adaption of King's novel that was disturbing. And no, not just all the blood, violence, gore and death. Carrie was a very Christian movie. Of course the original story is already highly religious in nature, with Carrie being forced to pray for forgiveness ...

I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist, but I have too much faith to be a Christian.

"Impact Apologetics" sells info products online on how to argue with Atheists. On the product description of one of their main products, "I don't have enough faith to be an atheist" (which comes in book, CD and MP3 formats) they have the following quote, which they claim is a Five Star review on Amazon.com from an Atheist: Having read quite a few Christian apologetics books, I feel I can say that this one is by far the ...

What the new Riddick 3 movie (2013) says about Christians and Lesbians

Vin Diesel's new Riddick movie (2013) is just the type of movie I don't like: a sequel with no plot where nothing happens. He wakes up on an abandoned planet, and finds a way to get off it. That's it. The whole thing could have been accomplished in 3 minutes, but then the writers would have come up with something else. So it's a 1hr 59minute stall. It's watchable, because there's lots of action and cool stuff happening. ...

Bill Compton is Jesus: True Blood and Christianity

One of the reasons I've always loved "True Blood" is that - rather than ignoring the obvious religious associations in vampire and supernatural mythology - it plays them up and includes them into the diverse mix of plot and characters. But it's gotten a little ridiculous now, in Season 6, Episode 9. First there was Lilith, the originator of all vampire, whose sacred blood makes vampires impervious to light (just like Fairy blood does). Bill Compton, who can ...

Can Muslims talk about Jesus? The Fox News Scandal and Reza Aslan’s new book Zealot

Since it's been a couple years since I put out my own book on historical-mythical Jesus Christ research I haven't been paying much attention to what's going on in the field. But I just caught a bit of Chris Hayes' interview with Reza Aslan, the author of a new book on Jesus called "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." On an interview with the author a couple days ago, Fox News interviewer Lauren ...

A little too much Christianity in 2013 Man of Steel Movie?

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There's always been a little bit of Jesus in Superman. The story of a man from one world going to another and finding himself with supernatural powers with which to lead a revolution against evil is ancient, but in 1912 with John Carter of Mars, elements of mythology, science fiction and technology begin to blend in new ways, eventually becoming the modern comic superhero. Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children describes the process of how a historical spiritual guru ...

Odd Thomas, Christian fiction and Devil Worshippers

I'm watching the movie version of Odd Thomas, directed by Stephen Sommers, based on the novel by Dean Koontz. Pretty exciting. Ghosts and demons, psychics and seers, Bodachs... evil spirits drawn to death and mayhem. But who are the mass-murdering evil-doers? Why, devil worshipers, of course. They have a tattoo that reads "POD" - Prince of Darkness. Neat. They kill lots and lots of people because they believe in Satan, and Satan is evil, and without God's righteous moral ...

Was DaVinci an Atheist? Retelling Church History on the Starz Channel

I'm loving DaVinci's Demons - a new TV series about the life of the young Leonardo Da Vinci. From the first episode they managed to throw in a ton of intrigue and character twists. The only thing is, this brash and daring, charming and handsome, half-insane genius almost certainly didn't exist. It's hard to know what DaVinci believed, because he had to be secretive his whole life (hence his language codes and secret notebooks, etc.) This was ...